Air Plot – Government sent back to drawing board on new runway
Airplot – Progress made in High Court
Government have been sent back to drawing board to reconsult.
Fantastic news! Both the climate and common sense have scored a major victory at the High Court, where the government’s plans for a third runway at Heathrow have been dealt a huge blow.
In response to a legal challenge against the mounted by a coalition of organisations that include Greenpeace, Lord Justice Carnwath ruled that the Government’s decision to give a green light to the proposed third runway does not hold any weight. He said that their claims to the contrary were ‘untenable in law and common sense’.
The judge said that the government’s decision hadn’t properly taken into consideration climate change policy or the economic case and surface transport. Effectively this means that for the runway to go ahead, the government will have to re-consult on these major issues as part of an overhaul of its wider aviation policy.
While the government has been sent back to the drawing board, it is very hard to see how it can resuscitate any enthusiasm for the new runway. However, Green Peace will be keeping a very close eye on the situation, and won’t rest until the any new government has scrapped the plans categorically and permanently.
There are now 73,000 people who have become beneficial owners of Airplot and we’re still going to need more help to see the runway off once and for all. We want to reach 100,000 beneficial owners – so tell your family and friends to sign up!